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Monastery of Santo Domingo (Iglesia y Monasterio de Santo Domingo)

Jiron Camana 170 - Cercado de Lima, Lima, Peru (San Isidro)
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Ranked #9 of 129 attractions in Lima
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Owner description: Built by Dominican friars in 1549, this Church and Monastery contains the tombs of Santa Martin de Porres and Peru's other famous saint, Santa Rosa de... more » Owner description: Built by Dominican friars in 1549, this Church and Monastery contains the tombs of Santa Martin de Porres and Peru's other famous saint, Santa Rosa de Lima. « less
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Beautiful spot with lots of books and murals to admire. Construction going on all the time as the monks remake tile prints and mosaics by hand. Apparently this take a long time 0_o

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Washington and Delaware, US
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was our favorite stop in Lima. We would not have gone there, but a local resident told us it was a must-see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I happened upon this monastery on my way to a nearby post office. What attracted me was the sign offering viewings of Lima from their bell tower, but I quickly appreciated the rest. As part of your entrance fee, they offer a free tour guide to interpret the space in either English and Spanish. The cloister is perhaps one of... More

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Bedale
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Though part of the monastery was closed to prepare for an all night vigil during Holy Week it was still a worthwile place to visit. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the garden in the central courtyard with its tiled walls. The shrines to Santa Rosa de Lima and San Martin to Porres are impressively understated unlike some of the... More

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saint paul, minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The monestary is undergoing some significant restoration and should be stunning when it is complete. Still, there is a lot to see. There is a small but amazing library with ancient bound books hand written on sheep skin. Some of the walls have a slight wave, showing they survived earthquakes. There are catacombs underneath, more modest than those in places... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was a beautiful convent to visit. You may take an hour long tour and visit both areas where the sainted are entombed. The walls of the convent in the courtyard are filled with the tiles brought over from Spain centuries ago. The are very beautiful. It was very moving to be near the saints and learn their histories. Do... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We enjoyed visiting this monastery but were disappointed that we didn't have time to climb the tower....the views would have been fantastic.

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Lake Forest, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Great place to visit. You can climb the bell tower to have a great pano view of downtown Lima. Outstanding old tiled walls dating back from 1606. Peaceful restful place in the historical city center.

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Arvada, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Beautiful historic site -- architecture is classic Spanish colonial. the tile work around the courtyard is impressive, especially considering the history behind the shipping of the tile and the mason who installed it. The gardens are beautiful. But for me the coolest thing was the catacombs!! I've read so many books where someone has to navigate catacombs. It was awesome... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I felt blessed to have entered this church where relics of great saints were housed. The altars were awesome, and one could feel its historic and spiritual past.

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